Sempra Energy Reports Corporate Sustainability Initiatives
- Advancing Business Resilience and Sustainable Value
- Highlighting Commitment to Delivering Affordable, Lower-Carbon Energy in Markets Served
- Announcing Goals That Improve Safety, Workforce Engagement, Business Resilience and the Energy Transition
May 20, 2020
SAN DIEGO, May 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) today released its 12th corporate sustainability report, "Shaping the Future," outlining goals and key performance indicators across four broad categories: world-class safety, workforce engagement, operational resiliency and the energy transition.
"Our mission-focused, values-led approach enables the Sempra Energy family of companies to safely deliver reliable energy to over 35 million consumers across North America, including hospitals, first-responder facilities, home offices and essential businesses during this pandemic," said Jeffrey W. Martin, chairman and chief executive officer of Sempra Energy. "As discussed during our Investor Day, we are focused on managing the risks and opportunities that improve business resiliency and sustainable growth. Our high-performance culture is key, because it helps us adapt and focus on the right things, as our 18,000 employees work to improve the lives of our customers by delivering energy with purpose every day."
Through its family of companies, Sempra Energy operates new, smart energy infrastructure that connects residential and business consumers alike to lower-carbon choices for their energy supply. With a mission that is focused on building North America's premier energy infrastructure company, Sempra Energy is focused on key growth markets in California, Texas, Mexico and global LNG export markets. The company's operations are largely concentrated in energy transmission and distribution, a section of the energy value chain that the company believes limits commodity exposure and provides attractive risk-adjusted returns. To advance its strategy, Sempra Energy is focused on measurable improvements in safety, employee development, operations and the energy transition.
The company's sustainability approach is rooted in extensive stakeholder dialogue and deep enterprise-wide alignment around ambitious goals, all championed at the highest levels of the organization. This commitment to sustainability is why Sempra Energy is recognized as an industry leader, earning numerous recognitions, including being named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index the past two years, the only North American utility to earn that honor.
Sempra Energy's corporate sustainability report includes review and reporting of various topics, including safety performance, employee engagement and several goals related to the energy transition. The report is aligned with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) disclosure frameworks.
Read Sempra Energy's full 2019 corporate sustainability report at sempra.com/sustainability.
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Factors, among others, that could cause our actual results and future actions to differ materially from those described in any forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties relating to: California wildfires and the risk that we may be found liable for damages regardless of fault and the risk that we may not be able to recover any such costs from insurance, the wildfire fund established by California Assembly Bill 1054 or in rates from customers; decisions, investigations, regulations, issuances of permits and other authorizations, renewal of franchises, and other actions by the Comisión Federal de Electricidad, California Public Utilities Commission, U.S. Department of Energy, Public Utility Commission of Texas, regulatory and governmental bodies and jurisdictions in the U.S. and other countries in which we operate; the success of business development efforts, construction projects and major acquisitions and divestitures, including risks in (i) the ability to make a final investment decision and completing construction projects on schedule and budget, (ii) obtaining the consent of partners, (iii) counterparties' financial or other ability to fulfill contractual commitments, (iv) the ability to complete contemplated acquisitions and/or divestitures, and (v) the ability to realize anticipated benefits from any of these efforts once completed; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our (i) ability to commence and complete capital and other projects and obtain regulatory approvals, (ii) supply chain and current and prospective counterparties, contractors, customers, employees and partners, (iii) liquidity, resulting from bill payment challenges experienced by our customers, decreased stability and accessibility of the capital markets and other factors, and (iv) ability to sustain operations and satisfy compliance requirements due to social distancing measures or if employee absenteeism were to increase significantly; the resolution of civil and criminal litigation, regulatory investigations and proceedings, and arbitrations; actions by credit rating agencies to downgrade our credit ratings or to place those ratings on negative outlook and our ability to borrow at favorable interest rates; moves to reduce or eliminate reliance on natural gas and the impact of the extreme volatility and unprecedented decline of oil prices on our businesses and development projects; weather, natural disasters, accidents, equipment failures, computer system outages and other events that disrupt our operations, damage our facilities and systems, cause the release of harmful materials, cause fires and subject us to liability for property damage or personal injuries, fines and penalties, some of which may not be covered by insurance (including costs in excess of applicable policy limits), may be disputed by insurers or may otherwise not be recoverable through regulatory mechanisms or may impact our ability to obtain satisfactory levels of affordable insurance; the availability of electric power and natural gas and natural gas storage capacity, including disruptions caused by failures in the transmission grid, limitations on the withdrawal or injection of natural gas from or into storage facilities, and equipment failures; cybersecurity threats to the energy grid, storage and pipeline infrastructure, the information and systems used to operate our businesses, and the confidentiality of our proprietary information and the personal information of our customers and employees; expropriation of assets, the failure of foreign governments and state-owned entities to honor the terms of contracts, and property disputes; the impact at San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) on competitive customer rates and reliability due to the growth in distributed power generation and from departing retail load resulting from customers transferring to Direct Access, Community Choice Aggregation or other forms of distributed power generation and the risk of nonrecovery for stranded assets and contractual obligations; Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC's (Oncor) ability to eliminate or reduce its quarterly dividends due to regulatory and governance requirements and commitments, including by actions of Oncor's independent directors or a minority member director; volatility in foreign currency exchange, interest and inflation rates and commodity prices and our ability to effectively hedge the risk of such volatility; changes in trade policies, laws and regulations, including tariffs and revisions to or replacement of international trade agreements, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement, that may increase our costs or impair our ability to resolve trade disputes; the impact of changes to federal and state tax laws and our ability to mitigate adverse impacts; and other uncertainties, some of which may be difficult to predict and are beyond our control.
These risks and uncertainties are further discussed in the reports that Sempra Energy has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These reports are available through the EDGAR system free-of-charge on the SEC's website, www.sec.gov, and on the company's website, www.sempra.com. Investors should not rely unduly on any forward-looking statements.
Sempra South American Utilities, Sempra North American Infrastructure, Sempra LNG, Sempra Mexico, Sempra Texas Utilities, Oncor and Infraestructura Energética Nova, S.A.B. de C.V. (IEnova) are not the same companies as the California utilities, SDG&E or Southern California Gas Company, and Sempra South American Utilities, Sempra North American Infrastructure, Sempra LNG, Sempra Mexico, Sempra Texas Utilities, Oncor and IEnova are not regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission.
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